Volunteer as a Doula

Applications are now open for volunteer Doulas with Birth for Humankind!

We are now accepting online applications for our November intake of volunteer doulas. We invite applications from doulas, midwives and student midwives who are interested in supporting women who are experiencing financial and social hardship.

Applications will close on Monday September 24 and interviews will take place during September and October. Successful applicants will be required to attend our two full days of volunteer induction training on November 10th and November 17th in Thornbury.

Eligibility and application

  • Be available to attend our 2-day Volunteer Doula Induction on Saturday 10th and Saturday 17th November at Span Community House in Thornbury
  • Live in Greater Melbourne or Geelong area
  • Have completed a comprehensive doula training program, be a midwife or student midwife
  • Have attended a minimum of three births (not including birth of own children)
  • Have a current Police Check and Working with Children Check
  • Agree to abide by our policies and Code of Practice
  • Be committed to providing quality, impartial support to women from different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds
  • Be committed to provide primary doula support to a minimum of three clients over an 18 month period

To read more download the Volunteer doula information sheet.


The role of the Birth for Humankind doula

The role of the primary doula is to provide support before, during and after the birth. Ideally, we aim to provide:

  • 2-3 visits before the birth (including one appointment with the midwife/doctor)
  • Two visits after the birth
  • 24/7 on-call availability two weeks before and two weeks after the clients estimated due date

Ongoing support, mentoring and debriefing is also provided by the Doula Coordinator and Supervisor.  We also host monthly Birth Support Circle for our volunteers to come together and share thoughts and wisdom.

To find out more about our Doula Support Program be sure to sign up to our newsletter here.

It is a real privilege to work with birthing women and support their transition to strong and empowered mothers. Volunteering with Birth for Humankind allows me to achieve this by connecting me with the women and families who truly benefit the most from my doula services. Thanks to the unwavering support, encouragement and ongoing, relevant training from Birth for Humankind, I now feel more confident in my role as a doula and have great pride in the contribution I am making to my community.

Liz Varney, Birth for Humankind Volunteer Doula

The volunteer work we do with Birth for Humankind is big, but boy it fills my cup – I feel overwhelmed with it all sometimes, really stretched by what I give and the responsibility I feel that it all goes well. But… I get SO much love and gratitude in return, I meet the most incredible women and hear some fascinating stories I am touched by their lives and when they open up and share their stories I am in awe of them and my perspective shifts. In a big way. My inner voice is kinder to me, more forgiving of my personal expectations and I am calmer. I feel grateful for what I have and focus less on what I don’t. Who knew that volunteering would make reflect so deeply and make me smile so beautifully…

Bethany Meakin, Birth for Humankind Volunteer Doula